1,569 notices are issued by dog wardens in the county

By Maurice Garvey

SINCE the introduction of 10-day warnings for dog owners in April 2018 – 1,569 notices were issued by dog wardens in the county.

South Dublin County Council currently employ two full time dog wardens to enforce the Control of Dogs Act.

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This includes responding to complaints of dogs not under control, dangerous dogs, licence checks, enforcement proceedings and seizure and collection of unwanted/stray dogs.

A fine of €100 can be issued for an offence under the legislation.

Of the 1,569 warning notices issued between April 9, 2018 and May 25, 2020, the council say 1,324 cases purchased licences and “no further action was necessary”.

According to the council, receipts from dog fines and dog licences have both seen an increase since the change to issuing 10-day notices in April 2018.

Dog licence receipts in 2017 were €175k and this increased to €194k in 2019.

Dog fines had a minimal increase of €1,680 in 2017 to €1,765 in 2019.

Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind) asked for Control of Dogs data over the last four years, stating he has noticed “many dogs off their leashes in local parks”.

A dog licence may be purchased at any post office or online at licences.ie, according to Teresa Walsh Director of Service, Environment, Water and Climate Change, South Dublin County Council.

“The cost of a licence for each dog is €20 for an annual licence or €140 for a licence that is valid for the lifetime of the dog.

Statistics for 2019 indicate a total of 8,278 licences in the county - 780 cases of 10-day notices were issued, along with 73 dog fines and eight dog fines were paid.

There were two prosecutions last year, and one conviction.

Up to 377 dogs were impounded during 2019, including nine that were seized and 93 reclaimed by their owner. Up to 264 dogs were rehomed and 21 were euthanized.

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